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Yoruba

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1 a member of a West African people living chiefly in southwestern Nigeria
2 a Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria [syn: Aku]

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Yoruba
  1. A sub-Saharan language. It belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family, and has nearly 30 million speakers in Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone, as well as communities in Brazil and Cuba.
  2. A family of religions, which spread to the Americas in the 15th to 19th centuries. These include Santeria and Lukumi. The religious aspect of Yoruba culture is otherwise known as Irunmole. It is characterised by a system of divination known as Ifa.

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Yoruba may refer to:
Yoruba in German: Yoruba
Yoruba in Italian: Yoruba
Yoruba in Dutch: Yoruba
Yoruba in Finnish: Joruba
Yoruba in Swedish: Yoruba
Yoruba in Yoruba: Yoruba
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